ArgumentNo. 12/2020

Housing under the State of Emergency

  • / PhD. stud. arch., The Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, RO
  • / sociologist, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, RO


If architecture is a framework for everyday life, this study will analyse how it responds to a crisis. The exceptional situation of the pandemic and of the state of emergency established on the Romanian territory makes it necessary to question the emergency architecture. In such a situation, we ask ourselves if architecture does not acquire a therapeutic role and if the home - through its new function of isolation space - does not even become a tool to limit the spread of an epidemic. Moreover, such a crisis situation in turn has a significant impact on human social life and mainly influences the way of housing. And the way of housing influences everyone's routine and lifestyle. Therefore, through this research we aim to discuss the issue of emergency housing (in the quarantine centre) and housing in emergency (self-isolation at home) and based on the answers of a sociological questionnaire conducted during the state of emergency, we want to analyse how does the crisis situation influence the quality of daily life.

Keywords: housing, state of emergency, emergency architecture, routine, social life


Published in Argument 12/, pp.63-92